Jan. 19, 2012
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: Michigan 58, Northwestern 48
Records: U-M (15-4, 4-2), Northwestern (12-7, 2-4)
Next U-M Game: Sunday, Jan. 22 -- vs. Indiana (Crisler Center), 2 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team picked up a 58-48 win at Northwestern on Thursday evening (Jan. 19) at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich. / Watervliet) led the Wolverines with 12 points to go with five rebounds. Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich. /Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) tallied 10 points, a team-high eight rebounds and a game-high six steals. Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Forest) pitched in nine points from 4-of-9 shooting from the floor.
Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) and Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) pitched in eight points each, with Boylan tying a career best with a game-high seven assists. Kendra Seto (Oshawa, Ontario / Eastdale C.V.I) posted seven rebounds off the bench.
After trailing 13-11 with 8:12 on the clock in the first half, the Wolverines changed the complexion of the half with a 13-2 run to take a 24-15 lead at the break. During the run, Boylan scored five points, including a three-pointer, with Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) and Ryan each hitting shots behind the arc.
Michigan held the largest lead of the game, 27-15 (18:45), before hitting a dry spell. The Wolverines were outscored 21-10 and held a 37-36 lead with a little more than eight minutes left. Arnold scored five straight points on the Wolverines' next two offensive possessions to give U-M some breathing room with 42-36 advantage with 7:36 left.
With Michigan holding on to a 48-44 lead with 2:37 left, Sheffer, Boylan, Ryan and Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) each hit a pair of free throws to help U-M close out the game, outscoring the Wildcats, 10-4.
Michigan's defense forced 26 turnovers by the Wildcats to account for 22 points, while the bench outscored NU's reserves, 17-3.
Morgan Jones, Kendall Hackney, and Dannielle Diamant led Northwestern's offense. Jones hit a game-high 14 points, with Hackney recording 13 points from 5-of-10 shooting and a game-high nine boards. Diamant chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds.
Up next, Michigan will host Indiana on Sunday (Jan. 22). Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Crisler Center.